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    The Signal Man

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    Charles Dickens has created this short story by building tension and climax from the start to the end. One of his many ways of building tension is through his descriptive passages and dark-toned speech of the Signal man - and occasionally the narrator. There is a very powerful opening as the Narrator shouts "Halloa! Below there!", which are key words throughout this chilling short story. The exclamation marks at once produces an alarming suspense and raises tension as the reader cannot acknowledge

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    The Signal Man

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    The Signal Man Through out the story Dickens has created a sense of horror and suspension in his description of the setting, landscape, physical surroundings and the weather conditions. At the start of the story the signal man hears a voice shouting down to him from up above, instead of looking up in the direction he heard the voice coming from, he turned himself about and looked down the line. This seems rather odd as you would normally look to where you heard the voice. The man shouting

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    short description of what the essay is trying to achieve. Word Count. Compare how Dickens creates a sense of mystery and menace in the ‘Black Veil’ and the ‘Signal Man’. Explain how he uses these theories to explore his theme? The opening of both stories are quite different. The Black Veil is written in the third person and The Signal man is written in the first person narrative. The Black Veil creates an atmosphere of cosiness and warmth which is created by the items of clothing which are

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    Suspense - The Signal Man The author of The Signal Man immediately creates suspense by using anonymous quotes, which gives a sense of mystery. Dickens begins by avoiding using terms that identify ownership, i.e. “When he heard a voice thus calling to him”. The 2nd person in the story is the signal man, who at this point is acting in a very peculiar manner. This produces suspicion amongst the reader and thus generates interest or suspense. Throughout the entire novel, Charles Dickens

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    How do the writers create a sense of suspense? Fictional text need to be interesting so that the reader likes it. Many writers use many different things to capture their reader’s interest. Both Charles Dickens and WW Jacobs, in the Signalman and the monkeys paw both use different ways to try and keep the interest of their reader. The Signalman and the Monkey paw, are very similar both are horror stories set in 0ne location with very few characters. Even though they seem similar, they are

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    Atmosphere in Charles Dickens' The Signalman 'The Signal-man' is a ghostly thriller by Charles Dickens. Based on an apparently hallucinating signal-man and the tales of his hallucinations, the story is seen through the eyes of the narrator, a man told of the signal-mans troubles during conversations with the signal-man himself. From the beginning of the story, the atmosphere is both eerie and gloomy. To produce this type of atmosphere, Dickens had to draw on several different aspects

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    the 1800’s: “The Red Room” by H.G.Wells where a man goes into an apparently haunted room and although he is warned by other old characters he does not listen and the tension builds up as he goes into the room where fear gets the better of him in a room which might not be haunted in the end. The other short story is “The Signalman” by Charles Dickens. In The signalman a man lives separated from the real world living a lonely life as a signal man at a train station and thinks he might be being

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    four short stories I have read, , 'The Signalman', The Red Room', 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' and 'The Withered Arm' also I will be looking at how the writers have created an atmosphere. The four stories are all of mystery and try to keep the reader gripped until the end, all have areas in which there is suspense. In 'The Signalman' Charles Dickens keeps the reader in suspense because when the ghost visits the signal man you don't really know who the haunting warning is for. In 'The Red Room'

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    happen. Dickens describes his main character the signalman as an' dark sallow' 'dark beard', 'heavy eyebrows'. This creates the impression of a stereotypical average Victorian villain. Which is creates suspense towards the reader to what is the man like but later in the story this

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    Room' by H.G Wells because it is from before nineteen fourteen. The story is about a man who stays in a room in an old castle to disprove the alleged existence of a ghost. Also from before nineteen fourteen is 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens, it is about a man who visits a signal man and hears how he has had supernatural encounters with someone or something. A story from after nineteen fourteen is 'Man from the South' by Roald Dahl. In this story a sailor bets his finger for a sports car

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